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Sep 22, 2014

ECB’s Draghi says ready to use more unconventional tools

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The European Central Bank stands ready to use additional unconventional tools and tweak its existing efforts to spur inflation and growth in the euro zone if needed, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Monday.

Speaking to the economic and monetary affairs committee of the European parliament, Draghi also said he expects more demand from banks for its new ultra-long loan program, known as TLTROs, when the funding is offered again in December.

Sep 21, 2014
Sep 19, 2014

Scots vote shows pitfalls, opportunities for EU referendum

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Scotland’s vote against independence offers lessons for British politicians and their European partners faced with a referendum on whether to stay in the EU which Prime Minister David Cameron has promised for 2017.

The fact that the 5.3 million mostly pro-European Scots will remain part of the British electorate makes it mathematically more likely the United Kingdom will vote “Yes” to EU membership.

Sep 19, 2014
Sep 19, 2014

EU relief at Scotland’s ‘no’ tinged with fear of nationalism

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) – European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland’s clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separatism may be out of the bottle in Europe.

EU partners had mostly kept quiet in the run-up to Thursday’s referendum, lest their fears of a break-up of the United Kingdom leading to contagion elsewhere in Europe be seized upon as interference.

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Sep 14, 2014

Insight – EU legal fog lets Scots bank on politics to keep them in

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – If Scots vote for independence, it will be in part because they believe assurances that their small Atlantic peninsula can quit the United Kingdom without ever leaving the secure embrace of the European Union.

That, however, is not how the EU’s top executive sees it. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso expressed the view early this year that Scotland would be automatically excluded on becoming independent and would find readmission to the 28-member bloc “extremely difficult, if not impossible”.

Sep 14, 2014

EU legal fog lets Scots bank on politics to keep them in

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – If Scots vote for independence, it will be in part because they believe assurances that their small Atlantic peninsula can quit the United Kingdom without ever leaving the secure embrace of the European Union.

That, however, is not how the EU’s top executive sees it. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso expressed the view early this year that Scotland would be automatically excluded on becoming independent and would find readmission to the 28-member bloc “extremely difficult, if not impossible”.

    • About Alastair

      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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